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There is weird morning baseball today

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The third Monday in April is Patriots’ Day, an official holiday in Massachusetts, Maine and Wisconsin, and nodded at unofficially in several other states. Schools and banks and stuff are closed in the places that observe it and the Boston Marathon is being run as we speak. For our purposes, we get morning baseball.

Today the Red Sox take on the Orioles at 11:05AM EDT. Dan Straily gets the call for Baltimore, Hector Velázquez gets the call for the Bosox. The fun part of morning baseball, though, is the lineup Boston is trotting out:

1. Dustin Pedroia (R) DH
2. Mookie Betts (R) CF
3. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
4. J.D. Martinez (R) RF
5. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
6. Rafael Devers (L) 3B
7. Steve Pearce (R) LF
8. Blake Swihart (S) C
9. Christian Vázquez (R) 2B

Yeah, that’s catcher Christian Vázquez at second base. He has played four games at third base in the past but has never played the keystone in the big leagues. That should be fun. Steve Pearce played a couple of games in the outfield last year but this is his first action out there in 2019. Between that and J.D. Martinez getting the start in right, Mookie Betts is gonna get a lot of running in today.

Viva morning baseball.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.